Officer’s Name Released in Fatal Fort Madison Shooting

Authorities have released the name of a Fort Madison police officer involved in a fatal shooting. The state Division of Criminal Investigation said today that Officer Karl Judd remains on paid administrative leave following the Aug. 3 death of 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen.

Police say Swearingen confronted Judd with a knife as the officer responded to a call about an individual who had been slashing tires in Fort Madison. Judd shot Swearingen, who later died. An autopsy determined Swearingen died from multiple gunshots. Continue Reading


WB Council Likely to Settle Limkemann Suit Tonight

The West Burlington City Council meets tonight(Weds) at 6 o’clock and will go into a closed session mid-meeting. According to the agenda, when members emerge, they’ll consider approving a settlement agreement with Skylar Limkemann, the young man who wrote the application for a federal FEMA grant for the Fire Department, then sued the City when a councilman publicly questioned some of the information in the application. Continue Reading

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Obama Approves Disaster Declaration for Des Moines and Lee Counties

22 Iowa counties were approved for a Presidential Disaster Declaration today, according to a press release from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Office. In our area, Des Moines and Lee are two of those 22 counties that were impacted by severe weather in June and July. The declaration will provide federal funding under the Public Assistance Program. According to the press release, the funds can be used for emergency work, replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, debris removal, repairing public property and more. This is Iowa’s third Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2014. Continue Reading


FM Officer Shoots and Kills Man Holding Knife

One man is dead after being shot by a Fort Madison Police Officer. At around 1:45am this morning, the Fort Madison Police Department┬áreceived a call of a man slashing car tires in the Fort Madison area. According to the news station KCCI, when officials arrived, they found 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen who then ran from the officers. They chased Swearingen to a home where he confronted police with a knife. After waving the knife at police, an officer shot him. Continue Reading


Accused Shooter Arrested at Great River Medical Center

Busted. That’s what local police are now saying about a 35-year old man they took into custody last(Weds) night in the lobby at Great River Medical Center. Earl Dunn of Burlington, who also has connections to Chicago, is facing an Attempted Murder charge, for allegedly shooting 37-year old Kelon Tucker of Chicago, early Tuesday morning, at the intersection of Acres and 12th Streets, in an argument over a woman.  

Burlington detectives and Des Moines County deputies drove Dunn to the county jail to await a court hearing. In the mean time, his bond is $25,000, cash only. Continue Reading


Moped driver hit and killed near Mt. Pleasant

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 59-year-old New London woman is dead due to a traffic accident early this morning on Highway 34, just 2 miles east of Mt. Pleasant. The woman was riding a moped and was killed after being hit from behind by a vehicle at around 6:25 this morning. No names have been released yet and the investigation is ongoing. Continue Reading


Burlington Shooting Update

Burlington Police are searching for the man who shot Chicago resident, 37-year-old Kelon Tucker, near the area of Acres and 12th Street in Burlington yesterday morning. There is an arrest warrant charging Earl Antonio Dunn (in photo) with Attempted Murder. If you know where Dunn is, call the Burlington Area Crime Stoppers and you could receive a reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to his arrest. Dunn allegedly shot Tucker at around 1:15 yesterday morning during an argument. He suffered gunshot wounds to his lower torso and was reportedly transferred to Iowa City with life-threatening injuries. Continue Reading


UPDATED: One shot early this morning in Burlington

Burlington Police Officers were called to the area of Acres and 12th Street this morning at around 1:15 for a report of multiple gunshots. (photo credit: Roy Phillips)

Shortly after, 37-year-old Kelon Tucker of Chicago was reportedly being treated at Great River Medical Center for several gunshot wounds to the lower torso. Tucker was transferred to Iowa City. His condition is not known. No arrests have been made. Continue Reading


Webster City Native Hired to Direct Greater Burlington C&VB

The Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new Executive Director. She’s 25-year old Chelsea Tolle, a native of Webster City, a lifelong Iowan and a graduate of the Leisure, Youth & Human Services program at the University of Northern Iowa. Tolle, who succeeds Beth Nickel in the Greater Burlington Partnership position, says Greater Burlington has become a hub for sporting events and as she put it, “I think there’s even more potential to build on that sector.” She says she plans to continue aggressively marketing Greater Burlington as a family-friendly destination. Tolle is looking for a place to live and will begin her new job August 1st. Continue Reading